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The Royaltones - Flamingo Express c/w Secret Lovedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThe b-side of this Royaltones 45 is quite nice, but the a-side is essential presurf listening. This was the basis for one of The Sentinals' more untypical recordings. "Flamingo Express" is simply essential.
Picks: Flamingo Express, Secret Love

Track by Track Review


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Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is their best tune IMHO! It is highly rhythmic, like a train rolling down the tracks. It is sax led, and absolutely infectious. It was likely the inspiration for "The Sentinal" by the Sentinals. It is one of the must-have pre surf tracks. Also called "The Flip."

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Rock (Instrumental)

"Secret Love" is a tasty riff rocker with sax duet lead and pumping piano. part way between The Champs and Jerry Lee Lewis, the song is really fun, and the chamber 'verb on the guitar in the break gives it a presurf feel. The electric piano verse is excellent too. Lots to like here.